Boeing – The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC)


To establish a leading example and serve as an effective vehicle for energy conservation and emissions reductions in the aviation industry in both countries and around the world.

The Boeing - COMAC EcoPartnership will 1) develop, demonstrate, and promote commercialization of novel low-cost aviation biofuel; 2) contribute to improved operational efficiency of an air traffic management (ATM) system in China and a harmonized global ATM system; and 3) better recycle practices and standards during aircraft manufacturing and end-of-service disposal, to create new job opportunities, improve air quality, share best practice and create synergy, and collaborate for a better planet. 

Work Plan: 
Task 1
Develop low cost processing technologies to convert biomass and waste oils (including gutter oil) into sustainable aviation biofuels contributing that reduce jet fuel demand by 1%.
Task 2
A new pilot plant (0.5 tons/day) to convert waste oil including gutter oil into aviation biofuels based on novel and low cost technologies. A techno-economical and environmental analysis conducted on facility in 2015.
Task 3
Collaborate with GE (engine manufacturer), CNAF, and CAAC to conduct a biofuels demo flight on COMAC’s ARJ21 using newly developed gutter-oil based aviation biofuels in 2015.
Task 4
Identify ways to collect, transport, and recycle gutter oil as aviation biofuels feedstock which could provide useful inputs into government policies.
Task 5
Adapt FAA best practice in ATM operation, e.g. simultaneous offset instrument approach.
Task 6
Enable global implementation of FAA wake turbulence separation re-category (RECAT).
Task 7
Implement regulations in China to increase the operational efficiency of the ATM system, share recycling and reducing manufacturing wastes best practices.